Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics

Computer Algebra Recipes

A Gourmet’s Guide to the Mathematical Models of Science

Authors: Enns, Richard, McGuire, George C.

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About this Textbook

Computer algebra systems have the potential to revolutionize the teaching of and learning of science. Not only can students work thorough mathematical models much more efficiently and with fewer errors than with pencil and paper, they can also work with much more complex and computationally intensive models. Thus, for example, in studying the flight of a golf ball, students can begin with the simple parabolic trajectory, but then add the effects of lift and drag, of winds, and of spin. Not only can the program provide analytic solutions in some cases, it can also produce numerical solutions and graphic displays.
Aimed at undergraduates in their second or third year, this book is filled with examples from a wide variety of disciplines, including biology, economics, medicine, engineering, game theory, physics, chemistry. The text is organized along a spiral, revisiting general topics such as graphics, symbolic computation, and numerical simulation in greater detail and more depth at each turn of the spiral.
The heart of the text is a large number of computer algebra recipes. These have been designed not only to provide tools for problem solving, but also to stimulate the reader's imagination. Associated with each recipe is a scientific model or method and a story that leads the reader through steps of the recipe. Each section of recipes is followed by a set of problems that readers can use to check their understanding or to develop the topic further.

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"In the book, the authors are showing the reader what they can do with Maple 6, and they can do a lot. Simply flipping the pages of the book, the reader might get very inspired by the formulas and pictures. …  Most of the text I covered up to now contains useful and exciting examples … . the book is definitely very useful for educators … ." (L. Kocbach, Computer Physics Communications, Vol. 144, 2002)

"This book captures the essence of the CAS approach and it is the best book of its kind that I am aware of. The level of mathematics, the eclectic, abundant and carefully selected problem set, the friendly and expansive text and the clear demonstration of the power of the CAS approach all add up to a first rate book. … I highly recommend that you get your library to order a copy." (B.I. Henry, The Physicist, Vol. 39 (2), 2002)

"This book is a readable introduction to Maple, a computer algebra system. The authors present real life situations, describe them in the language of mathematics, and then use Maple to find or deduce conclusions, predictions and classifications of each of these situations." (Václav Koubek, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 976, 2002)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Computer Algebra Recipes
Book Subtitle
A Gourmet’s Guide to the Mathematical Models of Science
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4613-0171-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4613-0171-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-95148-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-6533-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 778
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